Manipur gateway to India for drug trafficking from Golden Triangle: Biren

Imphal: Manipur is the gateway to India for trafficking of illegal drugs from the Golden Triangle, chief minister N. Biren Singh said during the celebration of independence Day in Imphal.

Taking up strict action against drug trafficking has helped a lot in saving the lives of many youths of mainland India, the chief minister said.

Raising concern on the deteriorating state of the environment due to various human activities, he appealed to the people to stop large scale deforestation and plant more trees to preserve the forest areas. He also appealed to people to preserve water bodies.

As celebrated across the country, Manipur celebrated 77th Independence Day with pomp and gaiety. The state level celebration was held with Biren Singh hoisting the national Tricolour flag amid playing of National Anthem at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Parade ground.

The chief minister extended his best wishes to the people, stating that the Independence Day has been observed every year on 15th August, since 1947. He appealed to all to pay homage to our brave forefathers who have taken a crucial role in India’s freedom struggle.

Regarding the ‘War on Drugs’ campaign, Biren said that the campaign was not taken up as a measure against any community, rather it was taken up to save the lives of our future generations.Seeking peoples’ support on the War on Drugs campaign, he reiterated the government’s stance to totally root out the drug menace from the state, in line with the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan.

Stating that the recent unrest in Manipur had been instigated by some vested interest and outside elements who want to destabilise the state and the country, Biren appealed to people of both the communities to refrain from violence and to forgive and forget whatever had happened earlier. He appealed to share their grievances and come to an understanding which will be for the betterment of both communities. He also appealed to all to join hands and cooperate in making up the losses in the recent unrest and take the state to the pace of development as before.

He said the state has been gradually returning to normalcy, stating that Union Home minister Amit Shah has been monitoring the situation round the clock and taking up various measures. Supply of essential items in hill areas had been carried out under his initiatives. He also recalled that the first goods trains had reached Khongsang Railways Station recently. Goods train will also be ferrying more consignments in future. He also mentioned the opening of helicopter service at different places for better connectivity.

During the celebration, the chief minister handed over Chief Minister’s Trophy for Community Service to police personnel.

He also handed over the Award for Outstanding Achievement in disposing cases relating to NDPS Act to the Directorate of Forensic Sciences, Manipur.

Showcase of performances by four  ultural troupes were also a part of the celebration.

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